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Hardin County head coach Ron Burnham just announced to his team that he has retired.  Puts the school and program in a tough spot with a late notification.  Leaves with three straight district titles, three straight trips to sub-state and a tournament appearance with an upset of #1 Bearden in the 2021 state tournament.  

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16 hours ago, PDiddyTN said:

Hardin County head coach Ron Burnham just announced to his team that he has retired.  Puts the school and program in a tough spot with a late notification.  Leaves with three straight district titles, three straight trips to sub-state and a tournament appearance with an upset of #1 Bearden in the 2021 state tournament.  

a little late for sure. Is there an assistant in house that has been loyal and waiting to take over. Lots of times when these openings pop this time of year the assistant has been groomed to take it.

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Not really an assistant in waiting.  Coach Rich has been there several years and the other assistant for just one.  They lost a good coach in Eddie Walker, but he is an assistant on the boys team at Page HS.  Not much coaching experience to take over from within.  HC has great facilities and the community really backs both the Tigers and Lady Tigers, a shame that they may have to settle just to fill the spot which usually leads to a declining program.

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12 hours ago, PDiddyTN said:

Not really an assistant in waiting.  Coach Rich has been there several years and the other assistant for just one.  They lost a good coach in Eddie Walker, but he is an assistant on the boys team at Page HS.  Not much coaching experience to take over from within.  HC has great facilities and the community really backs both the Tigers and Lady Tigers, a shame that they may have to settle just to fill the spot which usually leads to a declining program.

You never know about it this time of year. the month of May seems to hold surprises every year when it comes to schools making changes. 

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The name Brian Reed is coming up a lot. Currently one of the middle school coaches at the private school in Savannah. He coached both south teams in the WTN Middle School All Star games and from what I’ve heard is a very solid coach.

The new girls coach at Bolivar (Rob Parson) is from Hardin County and had a successful year there, took them from a 5-16 record to a 17-12 record, lost by 3 points to Scotts Hill in the region semis, Scotts Hill ended up going to the state tournament. Would he leave to go back to Savannah?

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From my understanding, Coach Reed applied for the boys opening and didn't get it.  There has been some tension between SCA (Where Reed is the girls and boys coach) and the HC middle school athletics for years and not sure if that will factor in to the decision.  Rob Parsons left HC as an assistant several years ago and went to Dyer County (a hated district rival at the time) to be an assistant.  I doubt he would be welcomed back with open arms after that move.  Coach Parsons did do a decent job at Bolivar turning that program around this past year.  I have also heard that the other HC boys assistant, Coach Kirk, is interested in the position but he only has two years exp as an assistant on the boys side I think.  I would expect a decision will have to be made quickly with school being out in two weeks.

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As an assistant at Houston, I saw the passion that Hardin County fans had, when we took a lesser talented team to a substate game there a few years ago. They have a true small town feel, with a big-time successful athletic program. I would love to be a coach at a school like that. Best of luck to them finding someone to continue their success. They have my respect. 

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4 hours ago, Bkbfan4ever said:

I have heard Parsons, Rudesil, Forsythe and Clements.  Don't know if any of it is true

All good candidates with experience except for Parsons but I don’t think Rudesil would leave his gig

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I don’t see Rudesill leaving JCM. I would say if they are going for experience that theyd go with Reed or Forsythe, Parsons could be an option especially with what he’s done with the middle school players already with Bolivars feeder schools and getting those girls playing spring ball together. He has shown that he grinds and works hard, but I very easily could see them hiring from within like the boys position. It will definitely be an interesting hire and one that many people will have their eye on. HC has a good group of incoming freshmen and another good class behind them.

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